Laws to stand for ORC seat

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

For­mer mayor and broad­caster Michael Laws hopes to in­ject some en­ergy into a re­gional coun­cil that has the ‘‘un­for­tu­nate rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a rest-home for burned out lo­cal body politi­cians’’.

Laws, cur­rently a pub­lic ad­vo­cate and writer liv­ing in Cromwell, is stand­ing for a seat on the Otago Re­gional Coun­cil.

‘‘I think they need to have more en­ergy. They have the un­for­tu­nate rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a rest-home for burned out lo­cal body politi­cians.’’

Man­age­ment of the en­vi­ron­ment as it came un­der stress of de­vel­op­ment and tourism was a key im­per­a­tive.

‘‘The Cen­tral Otago-Lakes re­gion is one of the fastest grow­ing in New Zealand. The in­fra­struc­ture is strug­gling to cope, and the de­mands of de­vel­op­ment, the tourism in­dus­try and the en­vi­ron­ment need to be care­fully bal­anced. One thing is for cer­tain: tourists come for the beauty and grandeur of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. Com­pro­mis­ing that en­vi­ron­ment is a recipe for eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal loss.’’

Wanaka based sci­en­tist Dr Mag­gie Law­ton is also stand­ing for a seat on the re­gional coun­cil rep­re­sent­ing the Dun­stan Ward.

‘‘The re­gion is in growth mode, liv­ing here is good and there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties to grasp. In­fra­struc­ture needs to keep pace with de­mand while en­sur­ing there are no un­in­tended con­se­quences to nat­u­ral re­sources and nat­u­ral her­itage; the moun­tains, lakes and river, soils, land and bio­di­ver­sity that sus­tain our econ­omy and our spirit as we de­velop and di­ver­sify our eco­nomic base.’’

If elected, Law­ton would use the an­a­lyt­i­cal skills she de­vel­oped while a foren­sic sci­en­tist and the knowl­edge gained in is­sues in ru­ral and ur­ban sec­tors while a sci­ence man­ager in en­vi­ron­men­tal re­search.

Mil­ton con­sta­ble Will Pen­telow is no stranger to the birthing process.

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